Category Archives: The Slow Drop Into Senility

Warning Signs

We might be whistling past the graveyard. I don’t think it’s necessarily there yet, but there’s certainly a lot of misplaces huberis surrounding this club right now. Since this won’t see the light of day for several weeks, let’s contextualize what’s going on as this is written. Sino-Europe Sports have made two confirmed hirings, Fassone (Inter, Juve, Napoli) and Mirabelli (Inter chief scout, scout at Southampton).

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Reality and Why It’s Overrated

There’s an awful, overused and misapplied quote by Marilyn Monroe who gets reverence mostly because she died young and beautiful. It goes something along the lines of, “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.”

First of all this is a terrible quote for so many reasons, but just factually – it’s adrift of reality. That’s not how things are. That’s not how people work, that’s not how life works. But at the same time it’s also true in the sense, that Monroe is the sort of person who IS able to play it like that. If Kathy Bates said that quote, nobody would remember it.

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Running in Place

I’m not a Silvio apologist. I’m a Silvio realist. First all let’s caption this piece with the caveat that a discussion of Silvio starting and ending with Milan simply isn’t possible. Silvio was one of the pioneers of the methods Manchester City, PSG and other football clubs employ today. All the while, he was arguably onto more important business: running Italy.
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Winter in Milan

I used to write about tactics. It started a few years back: how the game unfolded to me was important. Making sense of the constant motion, the unstated technique of being in the right place at the right time, and appreciating how breakdowns in that structure affected the whole seemed like the most productive use of my time. It wasn’t like we were witnessing the third rebirth of Bilsa here, this was just Allegri juggling around a 4-3-3 into a 4-3-1-2 while finding creative uses for Urby Emanuelson and giving Kevin-Prince Boateng all the confidence he needed to dupe Schalke into thinking he was a 9.

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Late-Season Limbo

Just because you’re a great construction worker doesn’t mean you’d be a good architect. Sorry, Pippo; it just didn’t work out. And this isn’t me being flippant, it really does sadden me to see the situation of Milan. Inzaghi has aged ten years but to be fair he got rid of Muntari. I’m too excited to wait any longer to say that, what terrific news. Mounter (Muntari’s autocorrect title) captained Milan this season. Mexes captained Milan this season. Clearly some questionable decisions are made in that respect, but I understand the desire to avoid Montolivo. Can someone tell him he’s not in the future plans? He probably wouldn’t ask to be left out. But why get upset when this is best for everyone. So he did it in a shitty, unprofessional way – he was a shitty, unprofessional player, so it kind of evens out.

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Stadio Berlusconi – Why Silvio Berlusconi is Done with Milan

If you’ve taken a psychology class, you’ve most likely seen the above video. In it, a gorilla walks in, waves, and leaves. But since the video asked you to perform a tangental task (how many times players wearing white pass the ball), you’re not supposed to notice the gorilla. It doesn’t work with everyone, especially those who know it’s coming, but to the uninitiated mind, this genuinely can be mind blowing.

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A Smokescreen Behind the Patchwork at AC Milan

The Internet is ablaze with transfer rumors and wishful thinking as the days of the 2014 Summer Mercato dwindle down. The shocking transfer of Mario Balotelli to Premier League side Liverpool FC has been the driving force behind thousands of blogs, Twitter accounts, retweets and memes of the sort. The transfer has caused a great divide between those who absolutely detest the transfer and those who have yelled “Arrivederci Mario” without taking into consideration the pros & cons of such a move.

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